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PM Lee: Oxley Road debate shows there has been no abuse of power by him or the government

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 15:32

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singaporeans can see that there has been no abuse of power by either him or the government.

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singaporeans can see that there has been no abuse of power by either him or the government.

He also questioned the need for a Select Committee or Commission of Inquiry (COI) to be set up, given that the debate in Parliament over the past two days has produced no evidence of abuse of power.

He said: "There are no specifics to the headline charge of abuse of power. What specifically did I do that was wrong? What was wrong with that? Who was involved? When did it happen? After two days of debate, nobody has stood behind these allegations or offered any evidence, not even opposition MPs."

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He made the point that if MPs believe that something is wrong, it is their job to pursue the facts and make those allegations in their own name. They should also decide if something appears to be wrong.

"If you think something is wrong, even if you are not fully sure, then come into this House, confront the government firmly, and ask for explanations and answers. If having heard the government, you are still not satisfied, then by all means demand a Select Committee or a COI. Don't just repeat allegations and attribute them to others, and ask for a Select Committee or COI on that basis," he said.

Mr Lee said it would be "unrealistic" to hope that the matter is now completely put to rest. He added that he did not know if his siblings, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang, would make further statements or allegations.

"But with the benefit of the statements and debate, Singaporeans are now in a better position to judge the facts, and see this issue in perspective," he said.

"We can all get back to work, and deal with the challenges we face, and not be distracted from our national priorities and responsibilities."

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